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Ogun ritual killings are more rampant

Ogun ritual killings are more rampant
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Stakeholders recommend stiffer punishments as Ogun ritual killings rise.

Ritual killings are common in many Nigerian states, including Kano, Edo, Zamfara, Imo, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers, Abia, and Ogun. However, current records reveal that the illnesses are more prevalent in Ogun State. With the documented occurrences, the state is gradually becoming the country’s center for ritual killings. In the previous 13 months, 11 Ogun people have died and their body parts have been sold to human parts traders by ritualists. Between January 2022 and January 2023, the state registered 15 occurrences of ritual killings. An outraged mob set fire to two accused ritualists, while twenty-four others were apprehended. Two people narrowly avoided being murdered by ritualists who planned to sell their body parts to customers. These concerning development may have prompted the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to encourage trado-medical practitioners in the state to intervene and put an end to the heinous conduct.

A mother of two was brutally killed and her body parts were sold 14 days after the governor’s plea. Even the dead were not permitted to rest in peace, with 43 graves unearthed and skulls exhumed. As of the filing of this report, the most recent occurrence of ritual killings happened on December 28, 2022 in the state’s Ijebu-Ode area. A gang allegedly murdered three women, including one of their girlfriends, after sleeping with her. Taiwo Ajalorun, a 36-year-old herbalist, allegedly confessed to the heinous murder of a 26-year-old mother of two and two others in the state’s Ijebu Ode district. Ajalorun and his accomplice, Lukman Oladele, were accused of strangling the woman shortly after sex and selling her body parts, including her heart and legs.

Two teenagers and others were caught burning the head of a female teenager.

On January 29, 2022, two teens and two others were captured burning the head of a female teenager, Sofia, whom they allegedly slaughtered for money ceremonial purposes in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Wariz Oladehinde, 17, Abdul Gafar Lukman, 19, Mustakeem Balogun, 20, and another named Soliu were apprehended in the act by a guard, Segun Adewusi, who notified the police at the Adatan Police Station. The court had discharged one of them. An enraged crowd set fire to two accused ritualists on February 12, 2022, in Oja-Odan, Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state, for possessing human parts.

In a statement, the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denounced the act. The enraged mob stormed the police station where the suspects were being interviewed, overpowered the officers on duty, hijacked the detainees, beat them to death, and set their bodies ablaze. Peter Albert, a suspected online fraudster, died on April 9, 2022, shortly after allegedly engaging in a money ritual in the state’s Ado-Odo/Ota LGA. According to reports, he sought the advice of a Muslim cleric for a money-making ceremony that ended his life. Kushimo Lukman, a mortuary attendant, was arrested in Abeokuta, the state capital, on April 27, 2022, for chopping off the skull of a dead boy. Lukman, who was apprehended on routine patrol by men from the state-owned security agency So-Safe Corps, said the severed head was sought by one Ifalonishe for N50,000.

A victim’s body was cut into pieces by her attacker.

On July 1, 2022, a suspected yahoo boy allegedly ‘used’ a mentally-unstable young lady in Abeokuta for ritual; she stripped naked and growled like a dog. According to Oyeyemi, the young lady was allegedly used spiritually and diabolically by a suspected yahoo boy, following which she began barking like a dog. On October 10, 2022, two suspected Internet scammers, dubbed the “Yahoo boys,” allegedly murdered a 40-year-old man named Abdullahi Azeez in the state’s Owode-Egba region. The victim’s body was sliced up in the jungle by the accused for ritual purposes, according to a state police official. The state police command detained four accused ritual murders on November 10, 2022, in connection with the disappearance of Aminat Adebayo, a 36-year-old lady.

Adebayo was reported missing on September 15, 2022, when she was kidnapped and killed for ceremonial purposes by four suspects, one of which was a hotelier named Soneye Lateef. Oyeyemi revealed that the perpetrators were Azeez Raimi, 21, Yusuf Saheed, 33, Awodero Michael, 27, and Soneye Lateef, 39. On November 22, 2022, a preacher and two others were arrested for kidnapping and killing Adekunle Muyiwa, 39, and dismembering his body for ceremonial purposes. Oyeyemi identified the suspects as Idowu Abel, Clement Adeniyi, and Pastor Felix Ajadi, saying that during questioning, Abel admitted that the victim, who was his best buddy, was enticed out and transported to his second accomplice, Adeniyi’s farm, where he was killed and his body mutilated.

The stakeholders are worried about development.

The House of Representatives encouraged the federal government to declare a social vice a national emergency. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), decried the rise in ritual killings and violent attacks on on-duty police officers and ethnic minorities in February. On December 14, 2022, the governor of Ogun State encouraged collaboration between the government and traditional medicine practitioners to reduce ritual killings. Abiodun expressed his concerns about the development during a one-day workshop on a campaign against ritual killings and quackery for the promotion of a wholesome alternate medicine practice for the protection of the people. The state governor condemned the heinous deeds of ritual murders and the poor image they had given the state.


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6 days ago

Ogun ritual killings are more rampantStakeholders recommend stiffer punishments as Ogun ritual killings rise. – Express your point of view.

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6 days ago

Ogun state is always known for notorious killings of people for ritual purposes. It is so unfortunate. There should be stiffer penalties for criminals engaging in such.

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6 days ago

The issue of ritual killing in Nigeria is getting out of hands and too alarming and the people involve were easily get away with it because maybe they know big politicians or an influential people which also involve in the bad act,so there is no strict punishment for their bad act.

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6 days ago

This is horrible, the rate of ritual killing is increasing more especially when it is near the general election period. The politicians and some so called rich men will definitely be involve in these. It is still this same traditionalist that encourage such activities. Sacrificing human to a deity originated with the traditionalist. Now the deity that seeks for blood to protect and ensure about dance has transform into requesting that people should bring human blood and body part for protection and wealth. God almighty will destroy all of you. Enough is enough. Federal Government should please, track down all these people and give them the deserved punishment.

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6 days ago

I find it upsetting that, as a result of the reported instances, the state is increasingly becoming the center for ritual killings across the country.

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6 days ago

Two individuals nearly escaped being murdered by ritualists who intended to sell their body parts to consumers. The ritualists came very close to killing the two persons.

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6 days ago

Quite sad that after the governor’s plea, a woman who was a mother of two was brutally murdered, and 14 days later, her body parts were auctioned.

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6 days ago

It is unfortunate that the victim was lured out of hiding and taken to the property of the second conspirator, Adeniyi, where he was murdered and his body dismembered.

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6 days ago

It is not enough for the governor of the state to condemn the horrible acts of ritual murder and the poor image they have given the state; actions need to be taken as well.

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6 days ago

Ogun state has a long history of being notorious for the ritualistic slaughter of individuals, and it is so tragic that this continues to be the case.

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6 days ago

The rising rate of ritual murder in Nigeria is deeply disturbing, and the perpetrators likely go unpunished because they have connections to powerful people who are themselves complicit in the problem.

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6 days ago

The reported cases make me concerned that the state is becoming a hub for ritual killings around the country.

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6 days ago

The governor of the state must take action in addition to denouncing the heinous acts of ritual murder and the bad name they have brought to the state.

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6 days ago

Collaboration between the government and traditional medicine practitioners to reduce ritual killings. What kind of collaboration is that?
When there are laws we are meant to abide by as citizens…Anyone found guilty should be penalized!

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6 days ago

The governor’s condemnation of the horrific acts of ritual murder and the negative publicity they have brought to the state is not enough.

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6 days ago

The rate of ritual killing is on the rise in the country especially in Ogun state. The politicians and the traditionalist are the one responsible for all these killing.

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6 days ago

The increase in ritual killings in ogun is alarming and the state government needs to do more to.protect its citizenry from such occurrences and mostly our youth needs a lot of re orientation inorder to build their life.

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5 days ago

As distressing as it is, the perpetrators of Nigeria’s escalating rate of ritual murder are likely to go unpunished because they have ties to influential people who are also implicated in the problem.

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5 days ago

Ogun ritual killings are more rampant. They should be punish heavily for using people for ritual.

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5 days ago

Ritual killing is more increase and alarming in the country using people for ritual we need to stop all this my all means for people to be safe and anyone found guilty should be strictly punished

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5 days ago

The unhealthy strive and desperation for wealth among the youths has ridiculously led to loss of lives of many individuals. Ritual killings and its perpetrators should be seriously frowned at. There’s a lot going on already, than innocent people losing their life cos one idiot want to get rich overnight

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5 days ago

Something has to be done about these killings. The country is now becoming a hub of all sorts of crimes. Nobody feels safe anymore

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